In this “electrifying page-turner” from the New York Times–bestselling author, a former NYC assistant DA goes up against the mayor—and a web of corruption (Kirkus Reviews).
New York’s chief medical examiner, Murray Selig is one of the best in the country. So it’s quite a shock when the mayor fires him without cause. Humiliated, Selig wants more than justice. He wants revenge—so he calls Butch Karp.
Once the city’s leading prosecutor, Karp left the District Attorney’s office to go into private practice, but he still knows his way around the halls of power. Selig’s case gives him a chance to stick it to his old boss, but as he digs into the truth of the medical examiner’s firing, he finds the heart of the city is more rotten than he ever realized. Meanwhile, Karp’s wife Marlene has opened a detective agency dedicated to protecting women. Her latest case leads her to a Lower East Side women’s shelter . . . and a shocking connection to Karp’s case.
Based on the author’s own experience as a New York prosecutor, Falsely Accused is a sizzling expose of the true nature of power by the New York Times–bestselling author of Infamy and Material Witness.
Falsely Accused is the 8th book in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“Plenty of suspense . . . Tanenbaum is in top form.” —Chicago Tribune
“Taut and authentic . . . Readers will be enthralled.” —Los Angeles Daily Journal
“Ex-New York DA Tanenbaum’s gritty thrillers take full advantage of his own experience in the judicial system. . . . Tanenbaum knows his criminal procedure cold.” —Publishers Weekly
Followers of Tanenbaum's intelligent, 1970s-set series (Corruption of Blood, etc.) featuring married lawyers Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi will find that the author's punchy style perfectly suits his latest three-ring crime spectacle. After years on New York City payrolls, both attorneys have quit for private work--Karp for a top firm and Marlene, after keeping house for a while, to start a detective agency with her burnt-out ex-cop pal Harry Bello. For his first case, Karp represents Manhattan's Chief Medical Examiner as he sues to get his job back plus damages after he has been fired by the mayor working in tandem with Karp's old nemesis, D.A. Sanford Bloom. Marlene finds her new challenge in the schoolyard where her seven-year-old daughter, Lucy, plays. When a young mother ask Marlene's help in stopping a stalker, Marlene's sleuthing leads her to a Lower East Side women's shelter where Lucy befriends two traumatized children and insists that her mother help them. The plot curve, unsurprisingly to those who know the series, is tossed by regal but ever-difficult journalist Ariadne Stupenagel, Marlene's pushy college buddy, who's digging into the suspicious suicides--while in police custody--of three gypsy cabbies. What she unearths is improbably connected to both Marlene's and Karp's cases. The links among these three very dissimilar narrative threads strains credulity, but Tanenbaum's talent is large, and so are his characters. These assets, along with a shot of genuine compassion for the troubles of children, enable him to just pull this one off. If readers won't quite believe the shockingly unconventional resolution, they'll still be affected by it, leaving them eager to know where this heroic family of crimefighters goes from here.